BMW i3 | 5 THINGS NOBODY TOLD ME...& 5 things I love!


Dan Katz
Dan Katz

I have an early 2014 UK car in the same trim as yours, well the same interior. Mine doesn't have the sunroof and a couple of things look a bit different. My 'things to know' added to your list. 1) range varies A LOT depending on outside temperature. If it's cold I'll get way less distance out of the battery, by up to 20% 2) my car has a lighter coloured footwell and carpets than your car and they show the dirt pretty badly. 3) the suicide doors, whilst they're cool, make it a nightmare to get out of the back if you're bay-parked in a tight space because you have to open the front door first and close it last. Probably not a problem in the US. But you can find yourself shimmying in and out very awkwardly! 3) The front seatbelt anchors are attached to the rear suicide doors, so even if you just want to quickly let someone out of the back, just cracking open the front door isn't enough to open the back door. You also have to remove your belt! (My guess is that this feature is to show off the pillar-less interior space afforded by the highly rigid carbon composite body) 4) the regenerative 'engine braking' doesn't operate as hard at full battery or when you confuse the traction control (e.g. going over potholes) and you come to rely on it, so that can cause a scary moment before you learn to anticipate it! I know I listed all 'bad' stuff, but overall the car is wonderful and a lot of the good stuff you mentioned. One pedal driving, quiet, ready to go straight away, loads of usable performance in traffic, instant torque, great handling (RWD and 50/50 weight distribution), amazing interior. A very special car.

Vor Monat
Jay
Jay

on the newer models the front seats can also move forward (like 2 door cars do ) to help let your rear passengers not sure if it is on the older i3 models.

Vor 29 Tage
LValiquette
LValiquette

Dan Katz thank you so much for your insight and additions to the list! I’m sure it will be very helpful to others. I completely agree with the frustration of opening the back doors in tight spaces...especially when you have a bags/groceries to take out. After 6 months, I’m definitely still loving the car, although we are entering the colder season, so I’ll definitely have to see how the battery performs!

Vor Monat
Judy Haddad
Judy Haddad

I loved watching this, but your issues are making me giggle, because all of this was known to me before I bought mine, and I have the 2014 i3 REx. I have the Terra trim, but I found plenty of forums where all of this was discussed.

Vor 5 Tage
Khiry Palmer
Khiry Palmer

Great video!!!

Vor 9 Tage
Rachel padgett
Rachel padgett

Honestly i think these are one of the ugliest cars on the market. If you have that much money to spend on a car why not buy something nice?

Vor 10 Tage
raatomato666
raatomato666

You cant open rear doors if you have seatbelt on?

Vor 13 Tage
LValiquette
LValiquette

Correct, if the front passengers have their seatbelts on, the rear doors cannot open. A little bit of an inconvenience, but it only takes a second to unbuckle the seatbelt 😊. Thanks for watching!

Vor 10 Tage
raatomato666
raatomato666

Also great review! Ty so much:)

Vor 13 Tage
Sam Abitzen
Sam Abitzen

Ugly car :/

Vor 14 Tage
Vernon Brewster
Vernon Brewster

Very well done video. Thanks

Vor 18 Tage
John Heyer
John Heyer

It's funny, I'm actually not a big fan of the i3's one-pedal driving. I prefer the e-Golf's system of toggling it on and off via the shifter. But then again, having no shifter at all on the i3 is one of the reasons it's so spacious.

Vor 19 Tage
Pop
Pop

No lane assist? Big deal.

Vor 20 Tage
Barry Dews 2
Barry Dews 2

I like her shes crackin me up with her voice!

Vor 21 Tag
Barry Dews 2
Barry Dews 2

I thinking for driving around selling properties n making deliveries

Vor 21 Tag
Luís Pedro Morais
Luís Pedro Morais

Dlim Dlão

Vor 25 Tage
Xander iPhone X
Xander iPhone X

What about the skinny-ass tires?

Vor 29 Tage
tomboy dee
tomboy dee

I'm not even concerned about the car your skin is glowing gorgeously I'm so jealous lol

Vor Monat
LValiquette
LValiquette

LOL! Well, thanks girl! Thanks for spreading positivity! xo

Vor Monat
Carradean Farley
Carradean Farley

this review does my head in.

Vor Monat
Kuan Ho
Kuan Ho

Great info LB!

Vor Monat
LValiquette
LValiquette

+Kuan HoDef no AC, it was pretty rough since we went in the peak of summer. Music is fine, but navigation can drain battery life too. Now that it's cold, I've found turning on the heat/defroster uses a lot of battery, but the heated seats barely use anything. Still figuring all the ins and outs of the car. But honestly, I love it. Perfect commuter car and I charge it once, sometimes twice a week at one of the fast chargers. I get stopped all the time by people asking about it. Sometimes I'm in the car and people are outside talking about it...which is super awkward haha.

Vor Monat
Kuan Ho
Kuan Ho

LValiquette oh my....! Did you have to turn off all electronics and AC to preserve power? We've been looking at hybrids too

Vor Monat
LValiquette
LValiquette

+Kuan Ho No range extender. We actually drove to Portland with it...which was quite an adventure haha! A few of the chargers we had planned to use on the trip were actually down, but we made it. We actually got to see the car go down to under 10kms of range...some definite range anxiety.

Vor Monat
Kuan Ho
Kuan Ho

LValiquette haha yea i am, but still very early on the decision making process. Have you taken it on a long road trip yet? Did you get the range extender?

Vor Monat
LValiquette
LValiquette

Kuan Ho Hey Kuan! Total surprise, but good to hear from you! Are you interested in an electric vehicle?

Vor Monat
Mike Stellino
Mike Stellino

The price is way to high

Vor Monat
Mike Stellino
Mike Stellino

The price is way to high

Vor Monat
Jack Ryan
Jack Ryan

Someone should have told you to buy a Tesla.

Vor Monat
Carbrat
Carbrat

Lane is assist is to warm you if you go over the lane dividers. Blind spot assist is to alert you to cars in your side blind spot area. BMW isn't big on these features- yet!

Vor Monat
Evelyn Lanahan
Evelyn Lanahan

Thanks, I was thinking about it, but it will not be good for twins

Vor Monat
787brx8
787brx8

I made A video on how to extend battery life. It can also restore the capacity of older batteries.

Vor Monat
Elise T Marie
Elise T Marie

Thank you so much!!💕📝🚗✨

Vor Monat
David Silva
David Silva

Yikes, fixed rear door windows. I wouldn't have known to check unless I saw only two buttons for the driver window control panel. Wierd and unexpected!

Vor 2 Monate
chelds10
chelds10

Who else head fuckshuation instead of funcuation at 3:52?????

Vor 2 Monate
Adagio Leopard
Adagio Leopard

The AC in a car uses a LOT of power. Like 2KWh...

Vor 2 Monate
6sheldon
6sheldon

great review! Really helped!

Vor 2 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Thanks!

Vor 2 Monate
James Lin
James Lin

The only thing to me that kills this car, and I have one myself, is the range. It's a great car we want to drive and drive and drive, but you always have to think about it. I do have the Rex version and it helps (if you get someone to code it, you can manually turn on the gas engine after 75 percent rather than wait till 5 percent) but still have to think about it. I know it was advertised as a commuter or city car but as typical humans, we have one car and want it to do everything. I did get it for half off which is the main reason I got it, but I think it's going to go down in history as a great car that just was ahead of it's time... Where of battery technology could produce 200 or 300 miles when it came out, it would have been a way bigger success.

Vor 2 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

I agree with you...I've had range anxiety a few times and had to move to eco pro mode - very stressful! I do think it is a great commuter car, I can usually go for about a week to and from work on just one charge. However, I sometimes wish I had invested in the Rex version, just for that added peace of mind. It's always great to hear how experienced i3 owners find the car, I appreciate your comment!

Vor 2 Monate
John Ward
John Ward

That one pedal driving is basically regenerative braking which is a phenomenal feature on all nearly all electric vehicles. Basically the kinetic energy in the car slowing down is used to recharge the batteries and that's what you feel when you take your foot of the accelerator / gas pedal - free energy, YES, FREE ENERGY ! I don't see a gas car doing that in a million years...

Vor 2 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Yes, I completely agree with you! It's amazing how I can drive my 14kms to work...but somehow only use about 8-10 kms of range, just based on the regenerative breaking. I can't wait to see the future of EV's, very exciting!

Vor 2 Monate
John Ward
John Ward

A/C systems run chillers and pumps and generate cool air and use a lot of power in the process - it's like taking a fridge with you. It's very normal to notice a large drop in range when you enable it - it's a power hungry system, not just on the i3 but even diesel / petrol cars. I drive a Citroen C-Zero in France from time to time with an A/C system and it's exactly the same, about a 16 to 18km drop in range when I enable it. Turn off the A/C and just leave the fans blowing and of course you'll get the range back, however I'd assume that if the fans were on at full blast (no A/C) you'd see a small drop in range. I agree with not having movable windows in the back, bit of a strange decision. They probably thought the A/C would simply keep everyone cool anyway, but for range you may want to switch that off.

Vor 2 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Thanks for your comment, it's very helpful! The drop in range from using the A/C or turning on the heat (now in the fall), is quite shocking. I didn't realize it so much from just test driving the car. It's definitely something that I've had to get used to and I sort of have to choose the luxuries of using those systems or keeping my range.

Vor 2 Monate
Duncan Cunningham
Duncan Cunningham

A/C is a compressor not just air but I guess somebody explains this better in the comments. This video is more about seeing her face, which is cute but I clicked on this due to the i3.. not the girl.

Vor 2 Monate
Cordilleran heiress
Cordilleran heiress

,great to talk about cars, but wow haven't any knowledge about it in fact,, fully watch and liked your video..no skip

Vor 2 Monate
Dan Gallant
Dan Gallant

Can’t understand how they have customizable sunroof but windows in back don’t go down?!?!

Vor 2 Monate
Humza Ahmed
Humza Ahmed

Essentially the i3 is the ugliest and shittiest car bmw has made in the last decade.

Vor 2 Monate
Maksim Gazenko
Maksim Gazenko

Super duper

Vor 2 Monate
mariano romero
mariano romero

It doesn’t have blind spot monitoring...

Vor 2 Monate
Elias Van Loon
Elias Van Loon

lane assist, park assist, pedestrian warning, etc.... Just pay attention to the fucking road or don't drive a car Americans.. pffff... so fucking spoiled

Vor 2 Monate
Chris Laidlaw
Chris Laidlaw

Great review! One bit of advice as it was hard for me to stop using this term/name as well. We don’t have a “gas” peddle, it’s either an accelerator pedal or the “go” peddle (which I prefer). The other peddle in my EV doesn’t apply the brake until the vehicle comes to a complete stop or you stop too quickly. So I simply call that the “stop” peddle rather than the brake peddle (as brakes are rarely applied). But that could just be me :) Agree about the range issue. Good news it’s just an estimate and I usually get about 10% more than it guess is available. Your car gets great range as I max out at 132km on my 2016 Soul EV.

Vor 2 Monate
Kylie Kancelled
Kylie Kancelled

so a bmw and Gucci slides... ok

Vor 2 Monate
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Vor 2 Monate
TyMajestik
TyMajestik

It’s like the fully loaded soccer Mom vehicle that all soccer moms dream of

Vor 2 Monate
Marg Lachmuth
Marg Lachmuth

I have a 2014 i3, so have had it for almost 4 years and absolutely love it. I love the safety features and the German technology -back door only opening if the front door is open first, window in the back not opening, etc. I found the cons above are a little misleading, as shown in some of the answers in the discussion below, and overall my only wish is for a longer range. That said - after my first check up my range went up from 135 to 170 kms. The fact that there is no real servicing required and that is free for the first four years is also a plus!! Love this car and would definitely purchase it again, however due to the carbon fibre body and continuing research on the battery etc. I likely won't have to think of that for many years to come!

Vor 2 Monate
Marg Lachmuth
Marg Lachmuth

Absolutely not! the design is a safety feature for small children and I have not found it to be a problem at all for adult passengers! This car is amazing!

Vor Monat
Mustang Boss
Mustang Boss

I was going to buy one saw how you have to open front door before you can open the rear. WALK AWAY. this car is for two people.

Vor Monat
Arne Maeschaelck
Arne Maeschaelck

4. lane keep assist and blindspot monitoring are two different features... 5. there's air coming out, but it's like a fan... it won't cool down the car at all, it might feel cool (like a fan), but it doesn't do anything. turning the AC on will cool down your car, but an AC draws a lot of power...

Vor 2 Monate
Billy DaMota
Billy DaMota

Great review. I have a 2015 i3 and LOVE it! Sunroof wasn't available that years so I lost out. One thing to note about one pedal operation. When you de-celerate without using the brake, remember that the car behind doesn't realize that this is the method you're using to brake - and because your brake lights don't come on, the reaction from the driver to your rear may be off. You don't want to get rear ended. So as a matter of practice, when I'm de-celerating, I also do a quick tap on the brake just to signal the drivers behind me when I'm stopping.

Vor 2 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Thanks! It really is a great car, isn’t it?! Glad to hear you are still enjoying yours! Hmmm, BMW has changed this safety feature with the one pedal driving in recent years. When I take my foot off the accelerator, my break light automatically comes on.

Vor 2 Monate
key man
key man

There's a video on YouTube that a man did showing brake lights coming on when taking foot off the accelerator .

Vor 2 Monate
badchefi
badchefi

Cute and funny! Especially the part where you explain how you can accelerate at the lights🤣

Vor 2 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Lol! I only do it when it’s safe, I swear haha!

Vor 2 Monate
Shyys world
Shyys world

Subscribed ✨✨

Vor 2 Monate
Sim grace
Sim grace

For this you can buy HYUNDAI ellentra

Vor 2 Monate
jaime ramirez
jaime ramirez

Car wasn’t intended to suit small people probably should find a different vehicle I’m 6’3 and it fits smoothly perfect headrest and leg length with seat all the way back

Vor 2 Monate
Akcelerace Videoblogy
Akcelerace Videoblogy

Greetings from Prague. As for the sunroof which is split into two separate windows. It has something to do with the rigidity and stiffness of the life module from carbon fibers. Safety for all passengers will dramatically decrease if there’s just one big sunroof.

Vor 2 Monate
Chris P
Chris P

They are super fun cars, the one pedal driving will also help increase range slightly if you are accelerating and stopping a lot because it spins the electric motor in reverse, acting as a generator which produces electricity, and also slows the car. And the spacious interior and lack of center console is due to the lack of the traditional combustion components. No engine and transmission up front, or fuel tank in the rear. Electric cars still have some learning to do now, but I think can be much more practical.

Vor 2 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Ahh, I actually didn’t really know how the regenerative breaking worked, thanks for explaining it! I have been seeing more electric cars around Vancouver, which is a great first step, but I can’t see what the future holds for EV’s!

Vor 2 Monate
Zep Tepi
Zep Tepi

so hello LValiquette, you are cute! i have a question: i have heared and read that the REx is heavier and that the i3 without the REx drives/handles better

Vor 2 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

The salesman did mention that the REx was heavier, but didn’t mention whether or not that changes how the car handles. I do know that it has wider rear wheels which can affect the overall drive. It’s also about a second slower from 0-60, but still fast! Thanks for watching!

Vor 2 Monate
desparky
desparky

Soooo jelly. I have (and love) an older Nissan Leaf (and a petrol guzzling Lexus). Note that the changes in battery usage based on the AC etc still exist on even ICE cars, it's just they aren't predicted and you don't know beforehand how much energy driving modes and accessories will use. I had no idea the rear windows didn't roll down on the BMW, and your explanation of the the two piece sunroof makes perfect sense. Also yeah... leather sucks. My other car is full of it, and I hate it. When I was a kid (I'm old as now), cloth and velour seats came out and everyone was so happy. Now, for some stupid reason, everyone thinks leather is up market. I guess that's how marketing works!!! Great video.

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

I've met so many Leaf owners at different charging stations, you guys are by far the nicest haha. It's so great learning about EV's from them and little tips and tricks! The Leaf is such a reliable car, I'm glad you are still loving yours!  I've definitely learned what accessories to turn off and how to maximize the battery of the car. I really think it's a learning curve that you wouldn't be able to get from just test driving it.

Vor 3 Monate
Bye Bye
Bye Bye

How much did you pay for it @

Vor 3 Monate
Smile Forever
Smile Forever

There is lane assist in your car. Do you mean there is no blind spot detection instead?

Vor 3 Monate
Stacy Cheng
Stacy Cheng

LValiquette thank you for the input! It’s really helpful.

Vor Monat
LValiquette
LValiquette

I would have to agree with the salesperson, the car does have really great visibility! When I do shoulder checks, there aren't really any parts of the car blocking my view. While I would have liked to have the blind spot assist as extra reassurance, it definitely is not needed with the car! Hope this helps!

Vor Monat
Stacy Cheng
Stacy Cheng

LValiquette thank you so much for sharing your lovely i3! First thing I asked the salesperson was if this car has blind spot assist (I’ve had this feature and it is hard to let go) and he said no because this car has great view and it practically doesn’t need blind spot assists. My question is do you feel the same? Thank you in advance.

Vor Monat
James Lin
James Lin

+LValiquette you aren't wrong, there is no lane assist. Or I've had the car for 3 years and don't know it. Maybe if you're using adaptive cruise control it can assist if you're getting out of your lane but I'm 99 percent sure it doesn't do that.

Vor 2 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Yep, that’s what I meant! I wish I could go back and change it in my video *facepalm* haha.

Vor 3 Monate
Eric Wadge
Eric Wadge

One major gripe I have with the I3 is that the rear passengers cannot open the back door and need to be let out by the front passenger getting out of the car and opening the door for them.

Vor 3 Monate
Eric Wadge
Eric Wadge

Marg Lachmuth They are fine until the children are about five years old. As children get older they can let themselves out and the doors make it inconvenient

Vor 2 Monate
Marg Lachmuth
Marg Lachmuth

this is a safety issue for children in the back seat...

Vor 2 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Yes, that was something that bothered me to a bit. However, whoever is in the front seat does not need to get out of the car for the backseat passengers to exit. When there are three of us in the car, I can remain seated in the front passenger side and my mom can still get out when I'm seated, the front door has to be ajar in order to allow the back door to open. This has been super convenient!

Vor 3 Monate
Paul Munro
Paul Munro

Actually really helpful - thank you!

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Glad I could help! Thanks for watching!

Vor 3 Monate
Raaj Mohan
Raaj Mohan

There is a tilt feature on the head rest . If you look in the back there is a button to change the angle of the head rest

Vor 3 Monate
OBServe Garage
OBServe Garage

And to think, I thought the Pontiac Vibe was ugly as fuck. This I3 is the gayest looking thing ever to be manufactured.

Vor 3 Monate
Binson UDR
Binson UDR

The color transfer thing, isn't that more your pants? If it were the car, your baby wipes would be wiping off the brown, not the black from your pants... Right?

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Oh for sure it's my pants. But the leather is very pebbled and textured, so it holds the colour with the dye much easier.

Vor 3 Monate
SteveTheFlyer
SteveTheFlyer

I have the 2014 bmw i3 rex— love the car- so does my wife — had it 14 months- still love it- rex version eliminates range anxiety

Vor 3 Monate
swapnil bannore
swapnil bannore

strange that dealer didn't tell you about how roomy the car is, there r no rare windows 😬

Vor 3 Monate
Nature Good
Nature Good

you're sweet

Vor 3 Monate
Bill Spencer
Bill Spencer

The good and the bad. I leased a 2018 i3 Rex with all the options, and for the most part I really like the car. For what it's worth, here is a short list of the things I really like about the car, followed by my top complaints about my i3. I'm in the US, so some issues may pertain just to that version. The Good: - One-Pedal driving (Not unique to i3, but still great) - The large interior despite a small body. - Environmental sustainability of the materials - The headlights are excellent. (Not all new cars can claim that.) - Automatic hold from rolling when stopped going uphill. - (There's more but these stand out.) The Bad: - Speedometer reads 2-3 mph high. Other BMW owners say this is due to Germany laws forbidding a low reading, so BMW opts to error the other way. There is no adjustment as far as I know. This needs to be fixed. - Cannot make mirrors fold in automatically when car is locked, only manually. - No front fog lights offered, even though UK & EU versions have them. - No rear fog light (ala Volvo) offered, even though UK & EU versions have them. - No BLIS (My 2008 Volvo had it, for goodness sake.) - Rear wiper does not resume when car is started, even though switch is left on. (You have to turn it off and back on for some reason.) - Poor enhanced cruise control (much to say, too little space) - No lane assist option - No Up-To-Date operator manuals available, printed or electronic. They all have incorrect or missing representations of the controls and features. - One last negative comment: I've never successfully used the auto-park feature because it takes too long to get it set up and started before someone has come up behind me leaving no room to back up. I can shift into reverse and back into a spot manually much more quickly. ☺

Vor 3 Monate
theory816
theory816

You dont need fog lights. The less light you have on the road, the more comfortable your eyes are. When you foglights, it tends to pull your eyesight down.

Vor Monat
gt
gt

You can code auto folding mirrors.

Vor 2 Monate
Walter Cardona
Walter Cardona

I can confirm that even the older models including my 2015 BMW i3 read about 2 to 3 miles above the actual speed you are travelling. Also there is the option to program the rear view mirrors to fold in when the lock button or keyless entry button is held. You just have to buy a Bluetooth OBD2 adapter from Amazon and the bimmercode app from the iOS app store or Google play store. It works wonders and you can even program your REx version to allow you to manually start the gas generator at any point in time after the battery has dropped below 75%. It definitely helps with road trips. Both the adapter and the bimmercode in-app activation purchase run you about $50 to $60 dollars.

Vor 2 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Bill Spencer thanks for such a detailed list outlining your pros/cons about the car! I didn’t know about the speedometer reading higher, that’s very interesting. I have to say I agree with the majority of your points. I have only used the auto park once, but honestly the car is so small, with a ton of visibility, that it’s so easy to park it.

Vor 3 Monate
Bill Spencer
Bill Spencer

Regarding One-Pedal driving, I agree it's really fun and gives you a lot of control. But most importantly, using that feature helps your range because the energy used to slow the car (without brakes) goes back into the battery. When you use the brakes the energy used to stop is wasted in heat at the wheels.

Vor 3 Monate
martin robertson
martin robertson

Not always - in a Prius the brake pedal is regenerative braking down to 7mph then friction except in an emergency. So you have a conventional accelerator/brake layout and let the car work out what is best, or have a one pedal accelerator/regen brake and a seperate friction brake and the driver has to figure it out. Also does the one pedal regen braking put the brake lights on so the driver behind knows you are decelerating?

Vor 17 Tage
G Hq
G Hq

WHAT"S THAT FUCKING CHING CHONG DOING IN THE CAR! ! SHE SHOULD BE SOMEBODY"S SEX SLAVE SERVING PEOPLE! ! !

Vor 3 Monate
James Judd
James Judd

Nice review. Agree about the rear window. Range is whether the ac compressor is on or not. Not the fan running

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

James Judd Thanks! I’m learning as I go, I’m really happy there are knowledgeable people that can help others like me out.

Vor 3 Monate
Tacoma98
Tacoma98

Love this car's interior! Nobody else does textures like this anymore. Great video!

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Tacoma98 The interior is definitely unique and the contrasting textures/fabrics are eye-catching. Thanks for watching!

Vor 3 Monate
Tacoma98
Tacoma98

Seems like the one pedal thing could be problematic since break lights wouldn't come on when you slow down. Potential for rear-end collisions.

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Tacoma98 don’t worry! The break lights engage when you take your foot off the pedal! It’s the same as if you were breaking yourself.

Vor 3 Monate
M H
M H

Nice video. I liked that you touched on the points that no one told you about. I purchased a 2018 Chevy Bolt EV. Great car but as with all there are some quirks that no one mentions.

Vor 3 Monate
M H
M H

Thanks... yeah perfect for my work car. And like yours Fast as heck!

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Congrats on your new EV! Your car has such great range, happy driving!

Vor 3 Monate
Rajeev Shrivastava
Rajeev Shrivastava

u r so cute

Vor 3 Monate
Mike Hughes
Mike Hughes

I’m a new i3 driver. I completely agree with you on the lack of a lane departure system. I also agree with you on all the pros. The car is uniquely genius and the production and materials are revolutionary. Happy Driving to you! Nice video!

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

I thought that the lane departure system or blind spot monitoring would be standard on most new vehicles now. (I learned that the bmw x1 also doesn't have the blind spot monitor, even as an option.) But, that aside, the car is very unique and the materials used are top of the line. Enjoy your new i3 and thanks for watching!

Vor 3 Monate
thekretch
thekretch

Tested this car at the Montreal Auto show last January and it was ok today drive and reasonably comfortable. Too much road noise. Getting in the back is hard and not very much room for a taller person. The seats are comfy but didn't like the dash arrangements. The next car I tested was the Chevy Bolt . Way better. It's fast, one pedal driving, lots of room front and back and the dash is functional and well laid out. Take your I3 back and get a Bolt. I will very soon.

Vor 3 Monate
tjsean0308
tjsean0308

Bolt was too plastic feeling and the seats were very uncomfortable for me. The i3 has one pedal driving as well, but no regen button like the bolt.

Vor 2 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Glad to see more people interested in purchasing electric cars! I actually love the interior look of the i3, including the dash. But, that's just personal preference. Since it's just me commuting to work, I don't need to worry about people in the back seat. If I'm travelling with more people, I will take my husband's SUV. Hope you enjoy the Bolt when you get it!

Vor 3 Monate
Tony Power
Tony Power

You forget to mention how BMW cocked up the back doors. By this I mean if you and your husband are in the front people can't get out without you taking off your seat belt as its on the opening pillar! German excellance my ass!

Vor 3 Monate
Bill Spencer
Bill Spencer

I agree that it is more practical for just two people. Another door problem is that when parked next to another car and you have someone in the back that needs to get out, the driver (or front passenger) will get out and then open the back door, and after the back seat passenger gets out all of you are standing there between the two doors and the next car, boxed in. It's kind of funny until the back seat person squeezes forward to shut the back door to make room. Still, I love my i3 and hardly ever have anyone in the back seat.

Vor 3 Monate
bertie1989
bertie1989

Great honest review of things the sales people won’t tell you about. A small point to get you thinking, Americans/Canadians (and others I’m sure) call the accelerator pedal the “gas” pedal...... the car you are driving is electric so there is no gasoline in it.....that made me laugh a little.

Vor 3 Monate
Bill Spencer
Bill Spencer

Some people like the term "Go Pedal".

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

bertie1989 😂 haha! I actually never thought of that, but you’re totally right.

Vor 3 Monate
Steven Barrett
Steven Barrett

Nice to have an owners view of the car rather than an ‘expert’. Nice one !

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Steven Barrett thank you! 😄

Vor 3 Monate
Paul Martin
Paul Martin

Headrests are probably badly named as you shouldn't really be resting your head on them while driving if your head is in the right position. They're really about preventing whiplash from someone rear-ending you.

Vor 3 Monate
Bill Spencer
Bill Spencer

And it seems all the newer models have gone to the fixed design and dropped the adjustable steel support rods.

Vor 3 Monate
marklola12
marklola12

what happens if you suddenly rip your foot off the gas? does your car slow down gradually ? or does it just act like you have slammed on the break?

Vor 3 Monate
R Mahadew
R Mahadew

In the display in front of you, when you take your foot off the pedal the grey indicator button will go from Epower to Charge. When the button hits the first letter in "Charge" the Brake lights will turn on. Take a look at this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXJPf7Lv8Sw&t=202s

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Bill Spencer i remember reading in the manual that the break lights engage when you take your foot off the accelerator. I believe anytime it begins to go to into the regenerative charging section the brake lights go on. If your are coasting, so neither using energy or charging, then there are no lights.

Vor 3 Monate
Bill Spencer
Bill Spencer

Regarding the brake lights, I don't think they come on in all situations, such as just coasting to a slow stop. The driver's display has a headlight indicator showing when the headlights are on. I really wish they would have a brake light indicator next to it to let the driver know when the following car is aware of your braking. I hate it when the car in front "rides" the brake and it flashes on and off, and I'd like to avoid doing that to who's behind me.

Vor 3 Monate
Bill Spencer
Bill Spencer

There is a way of using the accelerator to leave just a little pressure on it in order to keep the car moving forward slowly but still slowing down. Doing this lets you control how quickly you come to a stop.

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

It really depends on how fast you are going and whether you are on flat ground or going up/down hill. When I take my foot off the break it slows down gradually and the back brake lights engage, it will take a few seconds to come to a complete stop. If I'm driving in a residential area with a max 50Km (~30miles) I can time when I take my foot off the gas pedal, so that I slow to a complete stop at a Stop sign. It's pretty cool!

Vor 3 Monate
marklola12
marklola12

I did not know about the back windows not able to be opening for me it would not be a deal breaker BUT I suppose it is still a silly issue if its a hot day and you do not want to waste battery using the aircon I like to have all windows open in my current car..its a diesel but I sometimes prefer not to use aircon to save fuel. I actually want to get the exact same colour interior as you with the wood and the seat colours etc and was worried about the colour transfer from jeans etc its good that the colour wipes clean off the leather sections though.

Vor 3 Monate
marklola12
marklola12

+Bill Spencer I would maybe understand this if they as standard added air con vents for rear passengers but they dont

Vor 3 Monate
Bill Spencer
Bill Spencer

I think many of the smaller cars have eliminated the opening rear windows.

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Yes, just make sure the baby wipes are alcohol-free and fragrance-free. There was a very helpful person above who suggested Lord Sheraton cleaners too. The back windows not being able to roll down aren't a huge issue for me either, but like you said, it would definitely help save some battery! I think a sunroof is pretty essential to get that extra air in the car.

Vor 3 Monate
TRY to HELP you
TRY to HELP you

great review! spark EV is similar in size... and it can do a one-pedal style drive in LOW. but man.....that carbon fiber framing you have is amazing. rear wheel drive too yeah? nice car.

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Thanks! The one-pedal drive has been so great, definitely a little bit of learning curve. I didn't realize the Spark also did one-pedal driving! I've only seen a few Sparks, but I've seen a ton of the Bolt's recently.

Vor 3 Monate
quaa55
quaa55

Make sure that you are not missing out on the second cup holder in the front. It is detachable and movable and likely is under the center console armrest. Check out this video somewhere in the middle. http://youtu.be/QYreRldrOfI

Vor 3 Monate
quaa55
quaa55

I took us a little bit to realize that we had two cup holders in the front, as that second one was hidden and nobody told us about it

Vor 3 Monate
Martin Björemo
Martin Björemo

Have you driven Tesla model 3? Which one would you prefer and why?

Vor 3 Monate
Martin Björemo
Martin Björemo

I imagine the doors are well suited for buckle up kids in their seat :) Are the missing features included in i3? Thanks for your reply!

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

I've only looked inside the Tesla model 3, but I didn't test drive it. It's truly a beautiful car. By the time I built the Tesla 3 and added on all the features I wanted, it was out of my budget. I also really liked the back doors on the i3, while it may not seem that big of a deal, the way the doors open have made it easier for my day to day errands. :)

Vor 3 Monate
Karl Ramstorfer
Karl Ramstorfer

Good and honest review - great like an expert - Greetings from Munich ☺

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Thank you! Greetings from Vancouver!

Vor 3 Monate
russvhill2
russvhill2

What you didn't say about sitting in the back is not only does Mom have a fixed window but she's trapped there if you're in the store shopping and she needs to get out in an emergency. This car needs someone else to open the front doors before the rear doors will open. I'll not let my family but at such a risk.

Vor 3 Monate
Bill Spencer
Bill Spencer

The back seat passenger can pull the release handle behind the front seat head rest and tip the seat forward, then reach up and open the front door in order to open the rear door. But in an accident situation this could be a critical problem.

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

russvhill2 This is a valid comment, I can understand your concerns. Whenever we go somewhere, my mom always comes inside the store, restaurant, etc. For the most part, this car is used solely by me or my husband when we commute to work. We’ll use our SUV if we go out with more people. But, I guess this would be an issue for any car, not just the i3, that has two doors.

Vor 3 Monate
Derek G. Weber
Derek G. Weber

If you’re on Facebook search for the BMW i3 Worldwide Group. Lots of other owners are on there and we’ve discussed lots of issues at length so it might be helpful for you. :) That said we still have our 2014 i3 BEV and still love it in Chicago.

Vor 3 Monate
Derek G. Weber
Derek G. Weber

TheEvh555 With proper winter tires it’s a snow beast and works really well in the snow. With the 19” “All Seasons” it’s okay but not great. The 20” option are summer tires and would not be great in the winter at all. If you’re wanting to buy one in an area that gets snow I’d strongly recommend getting a set of winter wheels/tires and swapping them each season. I’ve become a huge fan of having snow tires on any vehicle I drive now, whatever the setup for the driven wheels is (RWD, FWD or AWD)

Vor 5 Tage
TheEvh555
TheEvh555

Oh how do you find it handles in the snow??

Vor 16 Tage
LValiquette
LValiquette

I'll definitely go and check out this facebook group, sounds like I'll get a ton of info from it - thank you! I'm always so happy to hear from experienced i3 owners, glad to hear you still love it!

Vor 3 Monate
hibby7062
hibby7062

I get my i3s in a few weeks and i never realised the back windows dont move....sales didnt tell you that !

Vor 3 Monate
hibby7062
hibby7062

According to the 0-60 times its a little faster but i did watch a drag race on Youtube between the 2 and there wasnt that much of a difference :)

Vor 3 Monate
emma harrington
emma harrington

In practice it makes no difference. You will love the car despite that especially the speed off the mark ...

Vor 3 Monate
hibby7062
hibby7062

Ive only ever driven the i3 but wanted the S version for the extra oompf! :)

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Crazy huh!? Lesson learned, always check the back windows haha!I hope that you are enjoying your new car, the sport model is fantastic!

Vor 3 Monate
Ayo Deveneaux
Ayo Deveneaux

I don't know where you live but you should just get a Tesla Model 3. Luckily, I knew someone who had the i3 and gave me a lot of insights. I have a model 3 and Tesla did a fantastic job with the design. Good EV though and at least we are helping the environment.

Vor 3 Monate
key man
key man

Curious to see what happens to Tesla when so many other car companies flood the market with EV's that have better range, fit and finish and a network of dealerships that can service you in a day or two AND give you a loaner. Unlike Tesla that tells you there's a 3 to 4 week wait and no loaner. Read the issues Tesla owners are having on YouTube and other sites. Why are so many of their cars parked in lots around their plant? Why do bumpers fall off? (Model 3) Why did they drop paint options? Why do we have to wait until the $35k comes out? Why can't I buy parts from somewhere other than them? I drove the original and it's fantastic. I'm sure the 3 is a great car but Tesla leaves me with too many unanswered questions. Do I care about his flame thrower? Or his tunneling ? Or his Mars mission? Nope. I like what Major Pinopscot said during his first episode on the TV show, M.A.S.H.."I do one thing at a time, I do it very well, THEN, I move on". Elon should be so focused instead of smoking pot in public and spouting off about going private. There's a reason Our Father gave us 2 ears and 2 eyes and 1 tongue behind a set of teeth and a pair of lips. Tesla could be so much better.

Vor 2 Monate
Bill Spencer
Bill Spencer

I considered a Tesla when they first started accepting deposits, but almost immediately they had over a year's queue for one so I held off. Now I'm glad after hearing some complaints that I know would have bothered me too. Also, I really like smaller cars, especially 2-door hatchbacks, and the i3 has the same aesthetics because of its "hidden" rear doors. The i3 is 10 inches shorter than my Volvo C30, and has as much "person-space" inside. The cargo opening is about the same as the C30 and with the back seats down it holds almost as much.

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

The Tesla 3 is fantastic car, but by the time we customized the car, it was out of our price range. It is a beautiful car and I'm glad you are enjoying it!

Vor 3 Monate
Alec Brown
Alec Brown

Amazing. You didnt bother to visit your local dealership and physically get in and check it out before you bought it! Thats plain stupid. And your complaint about driving range dropping with a/c on is poor knowledge of any car with a/c. For at least the last 40yrs european manufacturers have warned customers about milage penalties of such like, regardless of fuel type (a/c will drop mileage by 8% to 10%). This is also normally in the handbook.

Vor 3 Monate
liam theurchin
liam theurchin

Is it just me but at 8:00 it looks like you've got 2 ET's in the back.

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

This made me laugh so hard!!! And yes, it kind of does look like it!

Vor 3 Monate
Anthony
Anthony

The “lane change assist” you call, I actually called “blind spot monitoring.” Lane Assist alerts you buy vibrating the steering wheel when you cross the center lines on the roads without a signal. I’m pretty sure your car should have that since you have the Active Cruise Control. You have a beautiful car! Hope you enjoy!

Vor 3 Monate
Bryan C
Bryan C

5putput wish that was available stateside!

Vor 3 Monate
5putput
5putput

Um... The i3 has (optional) 'traffic jam assist' at least in Europe. Mine had it. On motorways at speeds under 60km/h it steered itself. But no lane departure warning.

Vor 3 Monate
Bryan C
Bryan C

Might need to clear up the nomenclature... “blind spot monitoring” is just that, it’s monitors your blind spots and alerts you with a lamp when someone is in your blind spot, and sound a bell when you activate your turn signal when someone is in your blind spot. “Lane departure warning” simply alerts you if you drift over a center line or fog line without your turn signal on. It may be in the form of a a light, bell, or wheel or seat shaker. “Lane Assist” is an active system that will actually help steer the car and keep your vehicle centered in your lane. I agree that this is a missing feature that should have been included with the active cruise control. BMW actually had a self driving i3 at the 2018 TED conference. I am hoping they release software updates to improve the adaptive cruise control; it’s a little aggressive in its stopping right now, but the self driving version was much smoother.

Vor 3 Monate
Anthony
Anthony

james mayo I’m guess it’s not used a a safety assistant. Look up videos of “BMW i3 Traffic Jam Assist Demo” you can clearly see IT STEERS ITSELF!! so cool 🙃

Vor 3 Monate
james mayo
james mayo

i have a 2014 i3, they have active cruis controll but dont have blind spot monitoring or lane assist. its the same with the newer models as well.

Vor 3 Monate
TheCrossroads09
TheCrossroads09

Unlike Tesla BMW are not going to throw all the technology they have at the i3 until they are confident about their sales. I believe BMW are investing in the I3 more as a social experiment before they build flagship electric models.

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Bill Spencer good to know! I hope they continue making EV’s. Volvo is definitely one to watch!

Vor 3 Monate
Bill Spencer
Bill Spencer

From what I read BMW used the i3 as a prototype for advance features and manufacturing methods. Now, after 5 years, they will use what they learned to develop a new EV for a wider customer base. Maybe, maybe not, but one thing is sure - in another few years everything will be different in EVs. I'm watching Volvo in particular.

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

5putput ahh, got it! It will be nice to see what models they make electric in the future. I met a Tesla owner, who also has an i3 and he was saying that bmw makes little profit on the i3 due to the carbon fibre parts. Always interesting to learn more! Thanks for your helpful comments (I read your other 2 as well) 👍🏽

Vor 3 Monate
5putput
5putput

They changed their plans completely from what they were thinking when they had just introduced the i3. One thing that may have affected all this is that a Chinese company poached a lot of the employees of the BMW i program in 2016! Well, maybe that wasn't so significant, but in any case BMW changed to a strategy of using the i-technology in their 'normal' models in the future instead of having such a separate set of vehicles. The i3 was very experimental, and the whole car and way they used the carbon fibre parts was designed with smaller production runs in mind. There is also no doubt that the i3 has been very expensive to produce due to the exotic materials and them not focusing so much on keeping costs down but instead making it a technology demonstrator. So it's expensive for BMW even though thanks to their tech and production methods the setting up of the production was way cheaper than traditional steel and aluminium cars.Cheaper to get production going but more cost per car, fitting for smaller production runs.

Vor 3 Monate
Lecram Red
Lecram Red

If you think a bit logic, it is very obvious that the range drops when you turn the AC on. So why does it confuse you? An AC consumes energy, which drops the range a bit. Also, when you enter a destination in your nav, the range will change as well, because the i3 counts with the types of roads you will drive. In fact, the intelligence of the car confuses you ;)

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Lecram Red Lecram Red yes, this time it showed the same, but often the range goes up. That is what I wanted to illustrate, but it didn’t happen this time around. Sorry, that is what I meant in my reply, a bit of miscommunication. But, like I said, someone helped me figure it out already. Thanks for your input!

Vor 3 Monate
Lecram Red
Lecram Red

+LValiquette I see 132 kms range when you switch to EcoPro. After turning on the climate control, it drops, and when you turn it off (with the AC button), it goes back to 132. In my pov, it is what is was before you turned in the AC. And if you coast, the average consumption drops, so you will gain range. ;) Anyway, enjoy your i3, like I enjoy mine as well

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Lecram Red what I meant to show, which often happens is that if I turn on the AC, the range drops, but if I turn it back to AUTO the range actually increases to more than I had to begin with, this is something that still happens often. The range will fluctuate quite a bit, sometimes if I coast, so I’m not expending or charging, I’ll still end up gaining 4 km. Someone already answered this somewhere in the comments. But yes, the car is quite intelligent!

Vor 3 Monate
Adam Titus
Adam Titus

Just got one of these for my first car. The one you got is technically not the “fully loaded” because the i3 comes in 3 trims or as bmw calls it “worlds” in this order Mega, Giga, and Tera. Your vehicle is the Giga and I can tell by the color or your seats. I got the Tera world which comes with full leather seats that are a dark chocolate color that I LOVE!

Vor 3 Monate
Adam Titus
Adam Titus

LValiquette yep. Can’t go wrong with the colors. Except for the new all grey cloth seats with blue stripes that come standard they’re UGLY!

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

LOL! Well, if I was in your position, leather seats would definitely be the choice for me too! My husband really loved the leather seats, they do give the car more of that "bmw" feel. But, I feel like you can't go wrong, BMW did make nice colour combos for the interior.

Vor 3 Monate
Adam Titus
Adam Titus

LValiquette you still made a good decision. I love the color seats you got but since my mom bought me this car when I turned 16 I had to drive my little brother to school and I didn’t want to take the chance of having him ruin the light colored cloth.

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Yes, this is what I learned from Adam above. Strange how we don't use the term "worlds" here in Canada. I had the option of getting leather seats, but because my car exterior is already black, I opted for a light interior...just my personal preference though!

Vor 3 Monate
Derek Osborne
Derek Osborne

In the UK they have different names for the Interior World options. Base is Atellier, then Loft, Lodge and Suite. Your car has the Lodge interior which is a £1,500 option. The Suite is the full brown leather option and is an extra £2,000. The sunroof is a £780 option.

Vor 3 Monate
key man
key man

I have a 2015 and have the same issue. Also, I go somewhere, park for an hour or so, come back and I've miles, just by parking. When going between a/c and no a/c I sometime lose mileage, doesn't always go back to same level. Frustrating. Comes off lease in 3 months...wont be buying it.

Vor 3 Monate
key man
key man

+5putput Sorry you misconstrued my response as a rant. You haven't any idea about how far away the dealer is or how I value my time, yet you judge me...why the hate? All I'm doing is passing on to HER is info about a vehicle we both have. It's obvious you are the know it all, the maven, the oracle, the grand pooh-bah of the BMW I3. You must work there as one of their geniuses. So good to know we have a go to person that we can aspire to become, AND, be able to judge others without having ANY information about them. You must be fun to live with when you have such abilities to berate others over and over. We'll all sit back now and bask in how you wax poetic, the great, the wonderful, Swami of Smear. Lol. That was funny. Know this, I forgive you dude/dudette. It's a car, relax. I'm not driving 40 minutes to have them tell me nothing's wrong. It's 110+ degrees here, the car does this. I don't like it but it's not a game changer. Sounds like you're making a big deal about it and it really isn't, for me. I've enjoyed it and will sing the praises for it, foibles and all. So, I'm off to my pool with a cool one, wanna join us?

Vor 3 Monate
5putput
5putput

You do realise that the range display is based on the computer's estimate, right? You know that the car's range doesn't depend on what digits you see on the display, but rather on what amount of energy is physically in the battery, right? And that the amount of energy doesn't disappear into thin air because you turned the fan speed up and back and the display showing a different range estimate? Only the estimate changes, not the amount of range your car has...

Vor 3 Monate
5putput
5putput

Well if your car isn't maintained properly and is not technically in order, then 5 miles less range (according to you) doesn't sound like a catastrophe. Are you serious in saying that you can't be bothered to pop by the dealership to make sure your car isn't functioning less than optimally because of a very small and quick top-up possible needed? But you're acting like it's the end of the world and the car sucks because of a few miles of lost range, maybe? And you're going to base a major purchase that you'll be tied up with for years based on that ranting, but you refuse to just have the car checked? And because you're giving it back after several months? Weird. You must be the most busy person on earth, who charges hundreds of dollars per hour for your super-valuable time...

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

5putput didn’t know about the refrigerant! It’s always helpful for me (and others) to learn helpful tips to get more mileage!

Vor 3 Monate
key man
key man

+5putput thanks. Lease is up in November so I'm not looking to take it back to the dealership for that. It's done this since new. My Volt doesn't do it. Turning the fan speed up and SOC goes down, immediately turn back down and SOC stays the same or might get a mile or two back. When less than 6 months old and charged overnight there were a few times it charged over 100 miles and consistently over 80. Now, 27 months later, it rarely charges over 75, even starting from low or zero mileage. I'm at 18700 miles. Looking to replace with a used Spark EV, Leaf, Volt.....not sure. Lots of new EV cars coming, may just save some $ and wait to see what's coming. Good luck to you.

Vor 3 Monate
Tawana Terrell
Tawana Terrell

I'm thumbs up #1! I enjoyed your honest review cute car thanks for sharing😊

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Thank you for the support! ☺️

Vor 3 Monate
Gregg_J
Gregg_J

cool, thnx!

Vor 3 Monate
Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith

It’s called a t top not really a sunroof. It’s a way to give the car more strength and durability and simply a cool style too

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Kevin Smith thank you for this info! I didn’t know it had other functions, I definitely appreciate it more now!

Vor 3 Monate
S Campbell
S Campbell

Enjoyed the review. My '15 Rex is a great little auto. Considering another but really bummed that bmw has done snot to increase range in a 50k vehicle since 2013. Same spot in seat you hate is worn through on mine after 3 years(cheap synt pleat her) guess they plan on dumping the i3 because bmw treats like CRAP. May wait since Hyundai, jaguar, Mercedes, Volkswagen, and Audi will have great choices for us. Moon roof is a must since rear windows can not assist with venting, beam is for frame rigidity.. Very valid complaints from you that match mine after 46k miles, also wish it has a heated steering wheel. PROS: best fun behind a wheel, rex & hacked features, nimble as all get out, great one pedal driving, can go days with no breaks. GREAT interior, blows a Tesla away............ And is actually available!

Vor 3 Monate
S Campbell
S Campbell

+Bill Spencer that is a lot better than the 81 miles of range in my '15. Still disappointed that bmw has not given the i3 a 200 mile battery, they are not exactly cheap. The bolt and model 3 are cheaper and each get over 200 miles of range; neither of which I actually like. I believe bmw may actually hate the i3, many rumors they plan on killing it after the 2019 non upgraded model year.

Vor 3 Monate
Bill Spencer
Bill Spencer

Shane, for reference my 2018 Rex has a 94 ahw battery. Yesterday I drove to about 50% of its capacity (60 + miles) and then charged it overnight. This morning the reported e-range is 152 miles @ 100% and 71 miles Rex (3/4 tank). Now, I know this isn't realistic as the A/C and driving mode will reduce the overall range, but still it's impressive versus your 50K. And in the winter it will be a lot less due to the cold (NY).

Vor 3 Monate
S Campbell
S Campbell

+Lounge lizard just went to website and 3-4 month wait for a 50k basic optioned model 3. That's nothing very available, especially considering their ability to miss a deadline. And I have no Tesla dealerships, I mean stores near me.

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Lounge lizard I was just repeating a comment that a driver, who owned both the bmw i3 and two Tesla’s told me. I’m sure Tesla’s are fantastic, everyone just has a personal preference.

Vor 3 Monate
Lounge lizard
Lounge lizard

I like the i3, might get a used one, but you are wrong. Teslas are available. And ANY Tesla, even the cheapest, will beat the I3.

Vor 3 Monate
limbery
limbery

Very good and concise review of your car....thanks (I'm very unlikely to buy one anyway but this video confirms it for me)

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

limbery glad I could help!

Vor 3 Monate
RoboRope
RoboRope

Google...mic drop

Vor 3 Monate
Sidney Mantissa
Sidney Mantissa

The range indicator reading is determined by how much electrical energy is left in the battery, AND... what the current rate of electrical energy consumption is. When you turn on the AC, you are increasing the rate of energy consumption, which means you will have less electrical energy for driving. That's why the indicated range estimate changes when you do certain things.

Vor 3 Monate
Sidney Mantissa
Sidney Mantissa

+Luke Wessels the AC motor is not coupled to the traction motor. It is a seperate unit, with its own, much smaller electric motor. The traction motor is an independent unit. There are no belts or gears tapping into it to drive anything. The only thing it drives is the wheels.

Vor Monat
Luke Wessels
Luke Wessels

+LValiquette yeah the ac is another motor that is coupled to the car's driving motor and therefor the driving more has to work "harder"and therefor more electricity usage... Thus even in normal cars consumption increases with the ac on

Vor Monat
mikeberg
mikeberg

This issue with fluctuating range predictions is not only an electric car issue. Same thing happens on gas car as well. Cold weather, hot weather, AC use, how agreesively you drive, etc etc will affect your range. Quite normal. The cool thing with an electric car is that city driving range will be substantially longer compared to a gas car, relatively speaking. Can’t wait to get my M3, though I agree, the I3 is cool too.

Vor 3 Monate
LValiquette
LValiquette

Sidney Mantissa ahh, got it. Thank you for explaining this! I’m sure it will be helpful for other people too!

Vor 3 Monate

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